yoyo52<br><br>You have to keep movin' 'em up in version over the years like I do.
<br><br>Word 1.01 shipped ~ Feb/1986. Your files could be vers. 1-3, but not 4, when there was a major format change. Anything pre-Word 4 you're going to have problems converting with your present hardware and OS.<br><br>(If they were Word 4 files Word X would have opened them. Just tried that.)<br><br>(In glancing at Word 4, 5, and 6 on an archive drive I notice that no specific translators or converters are provided for earlier versions. Finding docs for Word 5 could be a painful experience. I assume that the function was included in the application itself. Word 4 and 5 use the identical file type/creator and presumbably Word 5 would convert the same earlier Word file formats. Word 6 differs only slightly. <br><br>This is important because Word X both imports and saves Word 5 file formats, making Word 5 a logical "bridge" (interim) application, the usual means of converting/importing old files. Modern "converters" or whatever, a generalization, never go back to file formats of the 1980's or earlier. (Just checked PageMaker 4 & 5 and WordPerfect 3.5a out of curiosity. If PageMaker 4 doesn't have a converter you'd have to go back to one of the bad old days' versions running under System 6 or earlier.)<br><br>The applies more to Microsoft documents than any other vendor I can think of. Don't ask. I'll just start another MS rant.
<br><br>A text editor is likely your best solution unless you want to track down an older Mac. You'll have garbage characters to edit, but Word X would likely handle formatting with something as simple as Auto Format command.<br><br>Most of the garbage characters will be at the beginning and end of a multi-page document, or possibly at beginning and end of each page. <br><br>(There's an outside chance that Quark Express 3.x might work but it isn't especially fond of 9.2.2. Conversion or upgrading of files often puts more demands on an application than simple text entry and printing. "Run" and run/convert files are often two different things.)<br><br>MacLink Plus (DataViz) v. 12 or 13 does not have translators for Word (for Mac) 1-3. If 14 is the current version it doesn't either.<br><br>The oldest Word file I can readily find, creation date 1/5/89, Word 3 or 4, can be readily opened with BBEdit. It's a simple, one page file and has garbage characters only at top and bottom. The formatting appears to have been retained. It would be very simple to edit then move the text to Word X. But "3 or 4" may make a big difference.<br><br>BBEdit must be used to "Open" with the "Any File" option. "All documents" option will not work.
<br><br>Before opening any files change Lite's preference to Geneva 12 or your preferred font in 12.<br><br>The good news.<br><br>BBEdit Lite is freeware and as powerful for this purpose as the full commercial version (for all practical purposes).<br><br>http://www.barebones.com
<br><br>"Software that doesn't suck!"<br><br>(love that slogan; I have 2 or 3 of their t-shirts)<br><br>I don't know if there's a free Lite version for X, but the OS9 version should run under Classic with no problems.<br><br>Without having a file with a known creation date and/or modification date prior to 1989 file noted above I can't verify that BBEdit Lite will work. But it's a free download. I'll be surprised if it doesn't.<br><br>(Lite will also "save as" text files that Word X can open if you prefer to go that route after Lite opens an old file. I wouldn't try to do any formatting in Lite. Odds are something as simple as Auto Format in Word will handle most or all problems. Don't worry what it looks like in Lite. BBEdit has some decent formatting features of its own and you'll probably just duplicate your efforts.)<br><br>Formatting should present few problems for the simple reason that the 1-3 applications were not exactly as powerful as they are today. Word 1.01 and a System folder fit on a 400k floppy and had space left to save a few files.
<br><br>If the files are especially bad for some reason when opened in Lite then tracking down an older Mac might be worthwhile because of the file compatibility between Word X and Word 5.1a noted above. Are these chapters of that Great American Novel you now plan to finish?
<br><br>You'd need access to a Quadra or Power Mac to insure proper upgrading with Word 5 installed and would be best off with System 7.61 through 8.1. 8.6 might
work. Have any labs with early (Rev. A-D) iMacs? They probably have 8.51 or 8.6 installed. Word 5.1a runs poorly under 8.6, worse under 9.0, and was probably broken with 9.04. But I'd avoid 8.6 if at all possible.<br><br>Word 4 and/or 5.1a software availability should be no problem for you as you're a registered owner of Office 98, 2001, and X and as long as you have a known email address, preferably one with broadband service, and have no difficulty in receiving 2MB segments of self extracting Stuffit files.
<br><br>It doesn't appear you have a "known email address" temporarily posted in your user profile here.
<br><br>Good luck!<br><br>128k_Mac<br><br>"The box said 'Requires Windows XP or better' so I bought a Macintosh." - Anonymous